By Justin Sink - 05/09/13 12:11 PM EDT
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Thursday warned that congressional hearings into Benghazi could create “real trouble” for the State Department and said there was a “glaring omission” in the information provided to lawmakers about the administration’s response to the deadly attack.
"I think the State Department has real trouble," Coburn said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and suggested there was another shoe waiting to drop.
Coburn was pressed by the show's hosts to provide more details or clarification about the alleged "omission," but repeatedly deferred.
"I cannot do that and keep my obligation - you know, I can't talk about it, other to say that I think there was a glaring omission in terms of what was submitted to the Intelligence Committee," he said.
Coburn’s comments come as Congress renews its investigation into the administration's handling of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi.
In congressional testimony Thursday, a trio of State Department employees said they were frustrated and disappointed in the State Department's response to the attack, which left four Americans – including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens – dead.
The hearing also raised new questions about whether the U.S. military could have intervened, and over the initial talking points that blamed the attack on spontaneous violence and not on a pre-planned terrorist assault.
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney defended the administration's efforts to cooperate with the congressional panels investigating the Benghazi attack.
"This administration has made extraordinary efforts to work with five different congressional committees investigating what happened before, during, and after the Benghazi attacks, including, over the past eight months, testifying in 10 congressional hearings, holding 20 staff briefings, and providing over 25,000 pages of documents," Carney said.